Potential beneficial impact of Dictyna sp. in a New Mexico cotton agroecosystem
Sean Michael O'Donnell, email@example.com, C. Scott Bundy, firstname.lastname@example.org, and Paul F. Smith, email@example.com. New Mexico State University, Entomology Plant Pathology and Weed Science, Skeen Hall Rm. N141, Las Cruces, NM
Spiders of the family Dictynidae will be surveyed in order to determine their role as beneficials in cotton agroecosystems in New Mexico. A total of four cotton fields will be surveyed in the areas surrounding Las Cruces, New Mexico. These four fields will consist of Upland (Acala) and Bt cotton. Sampled rows will be randomly selected and each row will be sampled for a given distance. Prey found in the webs will be counted and identified. The goal of this study is to quantify the beneficial impact of these spiders.
Species 1: Araneae Dictynidae Dictynasp Species 2: Malvaceae Gossypiumhirsutum (cotton) Keywords: spiders, prey